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Share your thoughts on changing UBC’s academic year
The Senate Academic Policy Committee has established a working group to determine whether it is possible to find more time for non-teaching days, particularly in Term 1 of the Winter Session.
The group is looking at options for scheduling the start and end dates of terms and formal examination periods, as well as mid-term breaks. While the idea of a Winter Session Term 1 break is supported, the best method of achieving this goal is less obvious.
Feasible options are bound by multiple hard constraints that are not well understood, including the need for a minimum of 61 teaching days per Winter Term and an examination period that balances scheduling all exams with minimizing the number of examination clashes and hardships. There is also a desire to not require students to pay rent unnecessarily in August or May, or to have exams past December 22 and on statutory holidays.
Later this week, a message from the Office of the Registrar will be issued to faculty and students with a survey to gather opinions on very specific questions that align with a number of different scenarios that the working group has developed.
Feedback will help the group advise the Academic Policy Committee as to whether change is sought and the best path forward for the university to schedule future academic years.